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Posted by G-Man (18883 posts) - - Show Bio

I've had my new iPad for less than a month now. And of course I love it. Talking to Norm (from Tested.com), we came to the realization that there aren't a lot of good comic book wallpapers for the iPad. The main reason is, with the high resolution of the screen, you need to find an extremely large image to work with in order to make a good wallpaper.

Besides finding a large enough image, you also have to find an image that will work when you hold the iPad in a vertical or horizontal image.

== TEASER ==

Above you can see the cover to JUSTICE LEAGUE #3 by Jim Lee. I used this image because I managed to find a large size and the position of Wonder Woman (the focal point here) was centered just right. Take a look when you rotate the iPad.

Now this is set as the 'lock' screen but you can still see that her head doesn't get chopped off when you rotate. You have the option of setting the lock screen and the home screen.

When choosing your home screen, (you could use the same image twice but most likely won't want to), you also need to think about what it's going to look like with the icons on the screen.

It might not be a big deal but could be something to consider. Take, for example this great Watcher and Fantastic Four image I found by Gabriel Hardman.

It looks great but the icons might take a little away from the image. It just depends on how picky you are and, of course, you could always use that image as the lock screen.

Here is an example of what doesn't work. I found a nice large Spider-Man image from the last video game. I thought it'd look great (and this happened to be one of the first I made).

Rotating the iPad results in a big old "FAIL."

What do you need to consider and look for?

I'm not sure where this template came from but Norm passed it along when I set out to begin this quest of creating some great wallpaper.

The image you want to end up with is 2048x2048. That means you'll need to find an image BIGGER than that in order to crop it down (use any image editing software like Photoshop or free services like Picnik.com, which is soon going away).

You don't want any key items in any of the corners (which is why you wont' have to worry about the images below having a Comic Vine watermark because it won't show up when you set the images). The important thing to remember is to have the main image in the center. You don't want to chop off characters' heads.

That's all you really need to look for. Nice big images that have the action or focus in the center. Save your image as a .png for best results.

My examples

Here's what I managed to come up with. I really wanted to come up with some more but my time was limited.

To save, be sure to click/open the image before dragging it to your desktop. Or, right click and open in a new tab. If you simply take the image as it appears here, it won't be the 2048x2048 version. Make sure you have the right size!

Now it's your turn. Let's see what you can come up with. Put them in the comments below.

#1 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29510 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool.

#2 Posted by VictorGrey (13472 posts) - - Show Bio

This makes me want an IPad

#3 Posted by saoakden (1021 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool.

#4 Posted by funkyfiction (43 posts) - - Show Bio

I find it distracting to have something that flashy as a background picture, but maybe you can have it just for a short while.

The pictures are very cool.

#5 Posted by TheMess1428 (2176 posts) - - Show Bio

This is the wallpaper on mine. Also, they have the Mother Box wallpaper available on Google. I have it as well.

#6 Posted by thechessclub (483 posts) - - Show Bio

@VictorGrey said:

This makes me want an IPad

This!

#7 Posted by Outside_85 (10240 posts) - - Show Bio

Wish I knew how to save images from the internet on an Android :(

#8 Edited by pikahyper (12697 posts) - - Show Bio

Great article, would love to see more tech crossover articles on CV :)

How bout an article reviewing and comparing the various online/desktop comic book collecting applications (Comicbase, Collectorz, CCL) or one reviewing/comparing the various legitimate digital comic reader applications/services like Comixology, Dark Horse, Marvel, Viz, etc., the reviewer could go into detail on features, ease of use, available platforms, details on the rights of the purchaser for what they bought, limitations, comic quality, selection of the online store, etc. Both of these could be worked into two separate ongoing sets of articles, 4 or 5 articles each, work in some tables showing comparisons and include more staff members so the users can see varied opinions/reviews from different types of staff members all at once like a roundtable, could be pretty sweet and extremely informative for users.

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#9 Posted by ArtisticNeedham (2265 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow, now I wish I had an iPad just for this. I love the JSA, Madman by Mike Allred, Wonder Woman by Mike Allred,and Spider-Man in X-Force padding.

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#10 Posted by TAneT62 (1071 posts) - - Show Bio

Loving the WW one!!! AAA - mazing

#11 Edited by FoxxFireArt (3404 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow, the things I could do with that idea, but I don't use an iPad. Now, if the Kindle Fire allowed you to change the lock screen images. I would make some images for that.

Now that I think about it. I do have this picture I drew of Cassandra Cain for Sara's birthday. I have the file still on my computer. This is only marginally smaller than this was originally created. This was the first picture I colored using a tablet.

Cassandra Cain iPad wallpaper 2048x2048
#12 Posted by JamDamage (1118 posts) - - Show Bio

google images, nuff said

#13 Posted by JamDamage (1118 posts) - - Show Bio

I used the DP one a few times

#14 Posted by Final Arrow (24388 posts) - - Show Bio

HINT Jailbreak it and make a theme job done.

#15 Posted by MuadDiab (325 posts) - - Show Bio

When's the last time you guys reviewed anything Savage Dragon and yet you've no problem slapping a comicvine logo on. Pointless article and extremely aggravating. How dare you put the logo on others work

#16 Posted by MEATBALLIN (6 posts) - - Show Bio

Extremely rad.

#17 Posted by LordRequiem (1323 posts) - - Show Bio

Why anyone would want that picture of the mis-cast Avengers trio is beyond me, their costumes are reppellant enough.

#18 Posted by Billy Batson (58309 posts) - - Show Bio

watermarks...that's great...
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#19 Posted by G-Man (18883 posts) - - Show Bio

@Billy Batson: Maybe you missed the part where the watermark can't be seen?

#20 Posted by Baron_Emo (3562 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll really have to DL a launcher for my Kindle Fire so that I can use wallpapers to begin with.

Might just borrow and crop a few of these.

#21 Posted by Billy Batson (58309 posts) - - Show Bio

@G-Man:

But why put them in the first place? It's not like you own them.
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#22 Posted by StriderNo9 (104 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't have the new iPad but I'm still putting this on my old one :)

#23 Posted by HolySerpent (12806 posts) - - Show Bio

I like the joker one. I have kingdom come billy Batson for mine

#24 Posted by Mandrewgora (299 posts) - - Show Bio

Very cool. Thanks.

#25 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6836 posts) - - Show Bio

Shucks and I only have a Kindle Fire. :/

#26 Posted by remogunz (15 posts) - - Show Bio

@Outside_85: Just do a quick google search and you should find about a million how to

#27 Posted by fables87 (1082 posts) - - Show Bio

Now if only I had an iPad...

#28 Posted by Final Arrow (24388 posts) - - Show Bio

@Billy Batson said:

@G-Man:

But why put them in the first place? It's not like you own them.
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QFT

#29 Posted by Billy Batson (58309 posts) - - Show Bio

@Final Arrow:

Viva la resistance! :{D <---wearing my french moustache
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#30 Posted by Jnr6Lil (7830 posts) - - Show Bio

Wallpapers for something most people can't afford.

#31 Edited by wmwadeii (3253 posts) - - Show Bio

I knew this would be something that might cause issues in the future for print type media. While higher resolution means bigger screen and a better video/photo experience. The key factor is having the material at that high of a resolution in the first place. Currently the quality goes down because the screen has to expand/enlarge or blowup the image to fit the resolution.

I have a friend with the New iPad and has to use a font modifier to make it large enough to read ebooks. I'm curious if the comic companies are going to do anything for their digital comics. Either enlarge the resolution they are using or have the comic reader apps automatically adjust the resolution (zooming). I personally have a Nook Color and the resolution is great and I don't care for the current file size (mb) of the comics and would hate for a higher resolution to take up more space on my SD card.

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#32 Posted by barryallen (34 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheMess1428: thanks mate thats now my background!

#33 Posted by Bestostero (5590 posts) - - Show Bio

I love the Deadpool picture lol

#34 Posted by sethysquare (3842 posts) - - Show Bio

@Outside_85: Dont you have a usb cable to transfer images over? Thats what I do for my backgrounds.

#35 Posted by sentryman555 (824 posts) - - Show Bio

@Billy Batson: Really? Comicvine tries to do something nice and you complain about watermarks that won't be seen.

#36 Posted by Billy Batson (58309 posts) - - Show Bio

@sentryman555:

Why not? It's fine when they watermark previews since other sites like CBR do it but why do it on stuff that they don't even own and that can be found in the image galleries or via google.
And the site could get trouble for watermarking it.
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#37 Posted by wmwadeii (3253 posts) - - Show Bio

@Billy Batson: these may not be the original images. If I'm not mistaken they are modified from the original to make them iPad resolution and to allow the best viewing similar to how the article describes. About adding their site, it wouldn't be the first or last that did it, look at any wallpaper site, they want to get their name out so you know who published it, and if they are modified they want the person who modified it to get credit. Who is also to say these images were taken from a search engine like bing or google. They could be original scans or even stock image files they paid from from the publishers.

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#38 Posted by Billy Batson (58309 posts) - - Show Bio

@wmwadeii:

If other sites do it, doesn't mean CV has to do it.
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#39 Posted by pikahyper (12697 posts) - - Show Bio

@wmwadeii: Modifying copyrighted artwork does not negate or modify the license that it holds and most of the time modifying an original work violates the copyright even if you scan it yourself as fair-use only goes so far. Promotional images are extremely lenient in what they can be used for and that is oftentimes why watermarks get added to them, it's also why CV and most online comic book retailers are allowed to use comic book covers, they are copyrighted but they are a form of promotion/advertisement so their limited use is allowed but if the publishers really cared they could go after anyone that watermarks their covers for various reasons.

Most wallpaper sites don't make money directly or indirectly from the wallpapers they add their watermarks to so they are non-threatening and get left alone by big businesses.

Comic publishers don't sell stock images, they do occasionally license artwork for use by other companies but they are extremely picky about who they license too and its very expensive.

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#40 Posted by The Impersonator (5620 posts) - - Show Bio

@InnerVenom123 said:

Cool.

#41 Posted by TheIncredibleNightcrawler1999 (84 posts) - - Show Bio

ME NEED THE STEPH ONE NOOOOOW

#42 Posted by kartron (400 posts) - - Show Bio

SIMPLY AWESOME WALLPAPERS!!! Thanks for this article!!!!!!! :)

#43 Posted by thatlad (584 posts) - - Show Bio

Has anyone got a good x-23 or red robin? I usually use some good deviant fan art ones

#44 Posted by GreenFuse (295 posts) - - Show Bio

Lol, love the DP and Spidey one.

#45 Posted by ReVamp (22798 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheMess1428: +5 Cool Points.

Also, Mary Jane ^__^

#46 Posted by B'Town (2336 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't have an ipad but I was thinking I'd love to have an image like this Wonder Woman Batwoman or Black Widow on my stupid little phone. Hmmm. now I might have to figure something out here.

Great images Tony! :D

#47 Posted by G-Man (18883 posts) - - Show Bio
@B'Town That'll be my next project. ;)
#48 Posted by Luthorcrow (178 posts) - - Show Bio

Great collection. Thanks, Tony.

#49 Posted by SavageDragon (2252 posts) - - Show Bio

Thanks just put it on my ipad V1

#50 Posted by dvorak (187 posts) - - Show Bio

@wmwadeii said:

I knew this would be something that might cause issues in the future for print type media. While higher resolution means bigger screen and a better video/photo experience. The key factor is having the material at that high of a resolution in the first place. Currently the quality goes down because the screen has to expand/enlarge or blowup the image to fit the resolution.

I have a friend with the New iPad and has to use a font modifier to make it large enough to read ebooks. I'm curious if the comic companies are going to do anything for their digital comics. Either enlarge the resolution they are using or have the comic reader apps automatically adjust the resolution (zooming). I personally have a Nook Color and the resolution is great and I don't care for the current file size (mb) of the comics and would hate for a higher resolution to take up more space on my SD card.

ComiXology has already updated most of their comics to reflect the larger resolution of the iPad. They already had larger versions on their website for viewing in a browser on a computer. Comics went from about 20MB to around 30MB as a result, but look markedly better on the higher resolution screen.

In addition, it's an option you can enable. If you don't want the higher quality, larger images, you don't have to download them.